Shopping for antiques is a long-time favorite activity of my family’s. My mother and I have taken many trips to shop for antiques over the years and it’s always fun to reminisce while finding items from your past like a lunch box identical to the one I had in third grade – Charlie’s Angels – to be exact or a bowl just like grandma’s. Now, my children have discovered the same love of cruising through the aisles of antiquity to find all kinds of treasures.
So this past weekend we headed up to Angola in Steuben County which is located in the most northeastern part of the state and is accessible via I-69 or the Indiana Toll Road. Angola is a mid-sized city that draws in crowds in the summertime with it’s 101 lakes but also has a great selection of antique shops that are busy year-round.
What we enjoy most about antiquing in Angola is that there are several good quality shops in very close proximity to each other, so despite the cold we were able to quickly move from shop to shop. Our trip consisted of a total of six shops of varying sizes and a quick sit down lunch in a cozy downtown deli. The first stop is located directly off the interstate so you don’t have to wait long to start shopping once you reach the exit. The remainder of the shops are just a few miles up the road near the main circle downtown that also features boutiques and restaurants that you can add to your trip.
Homestead Antiques 185 N. Hetzler Facebook
Then and Now 200 West Maumee Street Facebook
Sassafras & Sage 208 W. Maumee St. Facebook
MJ’s Uptown Antiques 101 West Maumee Street (260) 668-6182
Not Just Antiques 25 South Public Sq. Facebook
A Wild Hare Antique Mall 401 N. Maumee St. Facebook
Sutton’s Deli 140 Public Sq. Website
We had to mention our lunch because this was our first time experiencing this downtown deli and we were very impressed. The restaurant features soups, subs/sandwiches, deli items, brick oven pizza and baked goods. The meat for our subs was cut fresh and there was no skimping on the amount. It’s casual, just step right up to the counter to order your food and then grab a seat or carry it out. Our only regret was not ordering one of the brick oven pizzas which was a popular item among many of the other customers at the tables around us. We will be back and we will be ordering pizza and taking peanut butter cookies to go.
At the end of a long day of antiquing you might want to take a break on the way home for a sit down dinner. Check out this Insider Indiana blog that features restaurants located directly off the Interstate I-69, including one nearby in Steuben County. “Five Must Stop Restaurants in Northeast Indiana.”